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The United Kingdom Experiences A Historic Surge In The Installation Of Solar Power Systems


As of January 2024, the solar capacity in the UK reached 15.7 gigawatts through 1,454,607 installations, reflecting a 6.6% growth compared to January 2023. The most recent report highlights that domestic installations played a prominent role in driving this increase.

The most recent data reveals a significant upswing in solar power installations in the UK, culminating in a total capacity of 15.7 gigawatts distributed across 1,454,607 installations as of January 2024.

This marks a noteworthy increase of 6.6% (equivalent to 974 megawatts) compared to the corresponding period in 2023. In January 2024 alone, 13,322 installations contributed to a capacity of 58 megawatts.

Although this figure slightly lags behind the volumes recorded at the beginning of 2023, it still surpasses the average figures observed between 2016 and 2021. The rebound of solar installations from a sharp decline in April 2020, attributed to Covid-19 lockdown measures, has been evident, with numbers surpassing pre-pandemic levels by the second half of 2020.

From 2016 to 2021, the median monthly count of new installations hovered around 3,000. In the past 12 months, however, the median has surged to over 15,000 installations per month.

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While domestic installations constitute the majority of the solar PV fleet in the UK, they contribute only 29% to the total capacity.

Nevertheless, there has been a recent increase propelled by residential installations, comprising 84% of new schemes installed in January 2024. This surge amounted to 44 megawatts, constituting 77% of the new capacity.


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